Welcome to the first Wealth Bytes DIY post! In my new house update, I told you I was going to be adding some new do it yourself content in order to help those looking to save some cash and learn a few things. Yes, that is me in the video above. I am a huge DIY advocate. I think you can learn so much while trying to accomplish tasks on your own. I fix my own cars, build fences, fix plumbing, run electrical, and have moderate carpentry skills. If something comes up in my house, I am going to try to build or repair it on my own. Why not? I have saved thousands by doing things on my own. Not only that, but I have learned valuable skills. Today, I am going to show you how to replace a lamp socket. Why is this one first? Well, here is the back story and how to do it.
Oops! My Fault
The only reason I am showing you how to repair a lamp socket is because I broke our lamp socket. Yep, I might fix things, but I also break my share of household items. This was purely an accident and came about when my wife and I were dealing with ridding our room of two red wasps. They were buzzing around and were very agitated. They were attracted to our floor lamp and kept going in there. In an effort to get them out, I grabbed the socket to wrap them in a cloth and squash them. Well, I don’t know my own strength as I pulled the socket right out of the lamp and broke it. Damn! Luckily, I know how to fix one, so here we go.
How to Replace a Lamp Socket
Instead of buying a new lamp, why not try to replace the socket. Your lamp works on a basic socket switch. They are cheap to replace and easy as well. My lamp cost about $40 and I didn’t want a new one. It is a good lamp. So, instead of giving in and heading to the lamp store, I decided to go to the home improvement store. I picked up a basic socket for only $2.30. Yep, that is some serious savings. If you can’t find one at your local home improvement store, then check out Amazon. They have a great selection. You can get free shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member. Get a free 30-day Prime trial by going here.
Before you start this project, you need to know which socket you have. Look at your lamp and see where the switch is located. Is is on the side? Is it a switch that toggles through the entire socket or is is on the bottom? Most lamps use only three different switches. Ours uses the basic turn switch socket and isn’t a three-way socket. This makes it really easy to replace and cheaper. Just make sure to check your lamp before heading to the store. Mine looks like the one at the top of this page.
Step 1 – Unplug the lamp
Step 2 – Remove the light bulb and take off the glass. This may involve unscrewing a simple plastic retailer and then pulling the glass off.
Step 3 – Unscrew the socket switch if you have one that screws on the side.
Step 4 – Pull out the lamp socket
Step 5 – Loosen the screws which hold the wires.
Step 6 – Remove the wires, but mark them to understand which ones go where on the new socket. If you only have two wires, this is easy to do.
Step 7 – Loosen the screws on the new socket
Step 8 – Wrap the wires onto the appropriate screw and then tighten the screw. Make sure none of the bare wires are touching each other.
Step 9 – Do steps 1 -4 in reverse order.
Step 10 – Plug the lamp back in and enjoy!
You can watch my 5 minute video on how I replaced my lamp socket. It was really easy and would have taken me less time if I didn’t have to speak on video. Unfortunately I broke my microphone in the move, so the sound is a little messed up. I will get it fixed for the next video, I promise!
Have you ever replaced a lamp socket before? Do you like or mind doing electrical work in your house?